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Russia says idea of isolating Iran is futile
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep1(105).jpgTEHRAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the idea of isolating Iran is futile.  
“Isolating Iran is a futile idea, and this approach will not be effective,” the Russian foreign minister said at his annual news conference, the Persian service of IRNA reported. 
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Russian foreign minister said he is confident that a new round of talks between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program will be held, Reuters reported.  
“The talks will take place, I am convinced of that. Now technical questions are being agreed, including on the site of the meeting,” Lavrov said, referring to talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).  
The latest round of high-level talks between Tehran and the six major powers was held in Moscow on June 18 and 19, 2012. 
In addition, Lavrov warned Israel and the West against any military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities but suggested that Tehran should be quicker to cooperate over inspections of its nuclear sites, Reuters reported. 
The Russian foreign minister said, “Attempts to prepare and implement strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities and on its infrastructure as a whole are a very, very dangerous idea. We hope these ideas will not come to fruition.” 
Referring to talks in which the International Atomic Energy Agency has been trying to negotiate an agreement for inspectors to gain access to sites, officials and documents, Lavrov said, “The Iranians have said they want this document to be agreed in full. We think our Iranian colleagues could do this a little bit faster.” 
The IAEA has called on Iran to sign and implement a structured approach document to resolve the outstanding issues and has stated that gaining access to the Parchin military site, which is located southeast of Tehran, is a priority for the UN nuclear watchdog. 
The IAEA has claimed that Iran might have been trying to sanitize the Parchin site of any incriminating evidence of explosive tests that would indicate efforts to design nuclear weapons. Iran has dismissed the claim and has made it clear that access to the conventional military site would not be possible before an agreement is reached on the structured approach document.

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Last Updated on 23 January 2013 19:46